Calling Matthew was an example of going out of bounds and breaking the rules, at least according to the proper folk of Jesus' generation. The Lord's disciples are expected to discern when they, too, may be called to such elasticity. The French clergyman, Abbe Arthur Mugnier, was known for his kindliness and humanity. On one occasion he was administering holy communion to a dying parishioner when the man's pet canary flew down and started pecking at the consecrated bread. When he told this story to a friend, the question came, "What did you do next?" Said Mugnier, "I blessed the canary."
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.